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Heard about the gold digging at Folkstone?

A few days ago a German artist buried £10,000 worth of gold bullion as part of the Folkstone Arts Festival in Kent.

More than 150 people started digging for gold when low tide exposed the beach. Organisers say prospectors can keep any bars they find.  The idea behind it is for the people to do the work to create the art.  The landscape artist, Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 24-carat gold bars on Folkestone’s Outer Harbour beach.  He would often have to pay others to do his digging – this is now happening on a huge scale!

Digging for gold

Digging for gold

Every day the sea comes in and gives a clean canvas for digging to begin again!  It seems that by last night  only two of the gold bars have been found and people were still out there at 11pm last night with torches looking for the gold!


The Folkestone Digs project is part of the town’s Triennial Arts Festival.  This event, which takes place every three years and runs from 30 August to 2 November, will also feature work by Yoko Ono.

Lewis Biggs, curator of Folkestone Triennial said: “There are 30 gold bars buried there, along with a lot of washers, so if you bring your metal detector you will find a lot of washers before you find any gold.

“We will never know if the gold has been found or not.”

If you need somewhere to stay over the next few week to carry on digging for gold, just look on our website, we have lovely cottages in Kent, coastal cottages or countryside cottages if you feel like getting away from the sand.

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